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Sigora Solar installs solar for two Virginia wineries

It’s considered settled science that drinking wine in moderation offers numerous health benefits against heart disease, strokes, and cancer, among others. Now when it comes to Virginia wines, scientists can add saving the environment, saving money and creating jobs to the long list of advantages. And, visitors to two vineyards along the Shenandoah Valley’s Monticello

What are the different types of solar software?

As the solar industry matures, it finds better ways to do things. Many solar-specific software options are coming to the market with the promise of reducing costs, improving accuracy and allowing the industry to scale. Here are some types of solar software, according to a vendor chart produced by emergence Capital. Customer identification software Customer

1.1-MW Sunworks system to offset more than 90% of California ag lab’s electricity needs

Sunworks announced a 1.1-MW solar system that will be constructed at CSP Labs in Pleasant Grove, California. The system will offset more than 90% of the lab’s annual electricity needs. CSP Labs provides a wide range of services including seed germination, disease diagnosis, hybrid research, and non-GMO testing. Sunworks CEO Chuck Cargile said, “We are

Florida governor signs pro-consumer solar bill into law

Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the industry’s national association, commended Florida Governor Rick Scott after he signed Senate Bill 90 into law. The new law implements 2016’s Amendment 4 by providing sensible tax treatment for residents and businesses installing solar and includes consumer protections strongly supported by SEIA. Following is a statement from

Trending in solar O&M: Industry players call for standardization

Although O&M has finally become something solar asset owners consider up-front rather than as an annoying afterthought, the market is still in disarray, said Amanda Bybee, CEO of the Amicus O&M Cooperative. A lack of consistent standards related to operations and maintenance was one of the reasons the Amicus O&M Cooperative came to be. “We

Trending in solar mounting: Companies offering more than just mounting systems

It takes a great deal of worthwhile effort to be seen as an expert in a specific area of the market. Many mounting companies attempt to do this by capitalizing on aspects that are one or two steps adjacent to their systems. SnapNrack has become an education leader on wire management, hosting webinars and tradeshow

Trending in solar financing: Loans are leading as installers offer more solar financing options

With dropping solar equipment costs, solar arrays are becoming much more affordable for residential customers. As a result, more customers are opting to own their systems through cash or loans rather than through leasing or PPAs. “For some customers, the monthly payment on a loan to own the system is about the same as what

iDemand Energy Storage begins work on 1-MW solar+storage project for California biochemical company

iDemand Energy Storage Inc. has completed engineering and plans to start work next month on a $4.1 million solar-plus-battery storage project for five buildings operated by Scantibodies Laboratory Inc., a biochemical manufacturer and research facility based in Santee, Calif. The contract to make uninterrupted-energy-supply (UES) battery systems capable of storing and discharging up to 1.078

Nevada’s governor restores net metering in the state

Governor Sandoval of Nevada signed legislation AB 405 to restore net metering in the state today, to the joy of the solar industry. What an amazing day! Thank you to all the #cleanenergy leaders in #NVLeg. It’s a new day for #solar in Nevada! — Sunrun Policy (@sunrunpolicy) June 15, 2017 According to SEIA,

Solaria provides traditional PV modules and BIPV for new Cornell Tech campus building

Solaria has provided 2,300 PowerXT and customized PowerView modules to buildings on Cornell Tech’s innovative new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Combined, the Bloomberg Center (designed by mOrphosis Architects) and the Bridge building (designed by WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Urbanism/Landscape) has a 900-kW system, part of a strategy to generate all of the power needed